It’s not uncommon at this point in an offseason, but Buffalo’s wide receiver position has a lot of roles that must be ironed out. Beyond top wideout Stevie Johnson and last year’s third-round pick T.J. Graham there isn’t much certainty as to what the contingent will look like. Buffalobills.com tries to map out where the position currently stands and the avenues the Bills could pursue to address it.
Current receivers under contract
Marcus Easley – After a troublesome two years marred by injury and a medical condition, Easley spent most of the 2012 season on the team’s practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster in Week 10 and did not post any offensive statistics seeing most of his action on special teams.
“I just tried to take advantage of the opportunities I was given, whether it was on offense or special teams,” he said. “I just try to make plays.”
Outlook: Easley was miscast in the previous offense, which demanded quick separation from its receivers. The big receiver is more of a build-up speed target. Whether the new offensive system can take advantage of his skill set is something to watch in the spring workouts.
Kevin Elliott – A virtual unknown to Bills fans, Elliott was signed to the club’s practice squad on Dec. 18th and 10 days later was elevated to the active roster. He never appeared in a game for Buffalo as he was inactive for the season finale last year. Buffalo quietly signed him to a multi-year contract.
Outlook: Elliott was an undrafted rookie that appeared in 13 games for Jacksonville before he was released and subsequently signed by the Bills. Buffalo’s front office must see a player that they believe has the potential to develop. At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Elliott has NFL size. What the new offensive staff thinks of him however, is all that matters.
Bills wide receiver position has roles to fill
BuffaloBills.com | Feb 11